My maths teacher today told us that last summer his car broke down in the highway so he had to pull over. A car stopped by and this guy started to help him, but then while they were talking my teacher said that he taught maths. Suddenly the guy shouts: “MATH PEOPLE DON’T DESERVE ANY HELP” and leaves. My teacher’s still shocked.

anonymous asked:

What do you think about the lack of awareness of mental illnesses in school? I know a lot of people who suffer from severe mental illnesses but force themselves to go to school and it is literally killing them. And if they do stay home, everyone thinks that they're faking it. The counsellors don't do anything and mental health isn't a priority at all. What do you think should happen to change this?

I dunno what to tell you…as a teacher there is only so much that I can personally do to help my students with things like this. On one hand, I have said before and I will say again, if you are seriously ill it is better for everyone for you to be home, and a day here or there is not that big of a deal. However, when students miss multiple consecutive days of school because of illnesses, I do my absolute best to catch them up but in all honesty every day that is missed means there are certain things that that student will just never learn from me. I have students who miss at least one day a week, and no matter what I do there are going to be gaps in their learning because I just…can’t catch them up AND continue the education of the 23 students who were at school and already learned whatever it is that kid missed. It’s hard to balance catching up one kid at the expense of everyone else, but I really try my best.

Yes, it sucks, it really does, but the truth is I DON’T know what to do about it. If the persistent illness is diagnosed and there’s supporting documentation, the student can get a 504 plan for accommodations, and that could help with teachers being flexible with deadlines or the amount of homework given, depending on the terms of the plan. If the illness is self-diagnosed, then unfortunately that’s not going to work, but no matter what I am begging you to always keep your teachers informed – if a student misses a bunch of days and never explains why, a teacher literally can’t do anything to help them, at all. Get your parents to contact the teacher/administration and explain the situation, it will help a lot. As far as policy changes and awareness go…I dunno, man…I’m doing my best to be good for my kids and help others I know do the same.

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Today, I was only going to drink an iced green tea latte and settle for mixed coffee.
But, I just found out that I’m going to be recorded for 100 minutes in one of my classes today.
Surprise surprise.
I needed another coffee after hearing that news.
Plus I have a hweshik at 11pm today ahahaha

I bought an ice cactus (cold-hardy ones, that’s what I’ve heard them called) and some gourds and brought them to the school garden to show the kids. A few of the boys loved poking the cactus spines gently and were ecstatic when I told them that it was the kind that could survive freezing. I had the hardest time keeping the gourds safe, though, and had to promise to grow more next year so that everyone could take one home.
It’s exhausting, but I love working with these kids.

anonymous asked:

What does it mean when a teacher gets 'comp time'? My plan period is the last period of the day this year and I've been asked to sub for a few teachers during that time. In return I'm supposed to get 'comp time' but I don't know what that means and am scared to ask another staff member.

Typically it’s time you can take off, but not when a substitute will be needed to cover for you. So for me, I can take my earned comp time to skip out on teacher work days where I don’t really want to go in, or I can use it if there’s inclement weather where school is cancelled for students but not for teachers and I can’t make it in. I CANNOT use mine to take a regular school day off - I have to use my PTO for that - because a sub has to be hired for those days. I am not sure if that’s how it works in your district…seriously just ask someone! It’s no big deal! Getting over the fear of asking questions about stuff like this will make your life so much easier, I promise. Asking my next door neighbor a million questions is how I found out all of this about my comp time and more.

Gave my guitar students their first test of the new school year today, this after mentioning it in class and via email a week ago. Still some surprised faces when they asked “What are we working on today?” at the beginning of our time together. This is a different group than the last several semesters: many new faces following graduating seniors/lower classmen who’ve left the school. Still, I was really proud of them. Over these last four weeks even those with zero experience in reading music or playing single-note melodies (or with no desire to) have started picking it up. Everybody placed just about where I expected in terms of grading, and that is to say they each did great.

No class later this week so I gave them an assignment consisting of “come to class next week prepared to play a simple melody or chord progression of your choosing.” I laid down some basic parameters about minimum number of notes and chords, but otherwise opened it up to whatever they’re currently listening to or trying to figure out on their own. It represents a break from what I usually do during month two, but I’ve gotten a sense that I need to change things up a bit with this group. Besides, change can be good, right?

Onward.

The signs as my students

Aries: The girl who answered the question “what’s something that’s magnetic?” with “Beyonce” 

Taurus: The boy who ran around at recess screaming “I LIVE TO DIE”

Gemini: The kid who thought snapchat face filters were just some cool game and was always asking if he could ‘play snapchat’

Cancer: The student who looked me straight in the eyes and said “I can see things other people can’t” and then went right back to drawing velociraptors.

Leo: The girl who wrote a full-page story about a woman who fell in love with a giant ear of corn. The best line of the story being “The corn was always there for her.”

Virgo: The kid who would call me over to fill me in on the latest third grade gossip every morning

Libra: The student who dramatically sat down across from me after school and said, “Miss we need to talk business” when asked what kind of business replied, “Chip business”

Scorpio: The student who was not actually in my class at all but was somehow always in the classroom anyway

Sagittarius: The boy who during aftercare somehow snuck out of the school, walked to the 7-11, and then came back with a huge bag of chips

Capricorn: The boy who grabbed my hands one day, started humming tango music, and proceeded to pull me away to dance around the room with him

Aquarius: The kid that called me over in the middle of silent reading time to tell me that moth man did nothing wrong and was just a guy trying his best

Pieces: The little girl who every time she saw me would scream “warning you!” before jumping onto me and expecting me to catch her

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The Arts

Artedish teaches 6-8 International Baccalaureate Visual Arts (Title I)  in Bronx, NY.  Wishlist here.

ARTE AND EDUCACIÓN teaches Elementary Art in Tampa, FL.  Wishlist here.

adventuresinmiddleschoolmusic teaches Middle School Chorus in North Carolina. Wishlist here.

Hey- miss- teacher teaches High School Drama in Florida. Wishlist here.

Early Childhood Education

Positivelypersistentteach teaches Head Start Pre-K / Special Education in Florida.  Wishlist here.

pucksandpreschool teaches Preschool in Michigan.  Wishlist here.

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myfesteringcesspool teachers Pre-K and Kindergarten in  Milwaukee, WI.  Wishlist here.

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Girl With a Lesson Plan teaches High School English in Southern Indiana.  Wishlist here.

WatchAllisonTeach teaches High School English and Technology in Illinois.  Wishlist here.

Teacher of the Thoughtfullest teaches English and Creative Writing in Colorado.  Wishlist here.

Justwalkthroughmyclassroom teaches 7th & 8th Grade English in Florida.  Wishlist here.

Teaching in the Middle teaches 7th Grade English in the South.  Wishlist here.

Hipster English Teacher teaches High School English in New Orleans.  Wishlist 

this is how I learned to teach teaches Freshmen English in Dayton, Ohio.  Wishlist here.

Teaching-EveryDayisDifferent teaches English 10 WorkKeys, English 11, AP Lang and Comp in Virginia.  Wishlist here.

Notinthelessonplan teaches 7th grade ELA/Journey to Careers in Louisiana. Wishlist here.

byssheplease teaches High School English in Buckeye, AZ. Wishlist here.

Hithertokt teaches English 9-12 in West Virginia. Wishlist here.

lifetimeofstuff teaches English 9-12 in Texas.  Wishlist here.

her? teaches Middle School ELA in Massachusetts. Wishlist here.

The Snarky Schoolteacher teaches 11 & 12 English Language Arts in Maryland. Wishlist here.

Bookworm109 teaches 7th Grade ELA in Ohio. Wishlist here

katrinabadina teaches  9-12 ELA  in Rhode Island.  Wishlist here.

Ambedu teaches 6th Grade Language Arts in Wisconsin.  Wishlist here.

Rarely Pure & Never Simple teaches  ELA for retained students, grades 6-8. Wishlist here.

theunbreakableginger teaches 6th Grade ELA in  Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Wishlist here.

veecheck teaches Middle School Language Arts in Portland, Oregon. Wishlist here.

walkwithheroes84 teaches 8th Grade ELA in Lafayette, Louisiana.  Wishlist here.

Written in the Kitchen Sink teaches 7th Grade ELA in New York.  Wishlist here.

Sarcastic Bookworm teaches 5th grade ELA and ESL in Nashville, TN. Wishlist here.

andimtheteacher teaches Dyslexia and English in Texas. Wishlist here.

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Milqi teaches High School English and Film History in New York City. Wishlist here.

I Believe in the Oxford Comma teaches 7th Grade English Language Arts in  Salt Lake City, UT. Wishlist here.

mscarmenb teaches 9th and 10th Grade English in Oakland, CA. Wishlist here.

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Mrskcreads teaches 6th Grade Language Arts in Texas.  Wishlist here.

anjimoto teaches English 12 and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in Maryland. Wishlist here.

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Cbouz teaches French in  Norfolk, VA.  Wishlist here.

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Math is Delicious! teaches Middle School Math in California.  Wishlist here.

macaroni-hexagon teaches 7th and 8th Grade Math in Folsom, CA. Wishlist here.

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Emma Euphoria teaches Special Ed, K-2 Autism in Los Angeles, CA.  Wishlist here.

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Salt, Sand and Sun teaches 1st Grade in  Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Wishlist here. 

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Listenlearninspireteach teaches Kindergarten Special Education in Georgia.  Wishlist here.

keep-calm–float-on teaches Pre-K-4th in NJ/PA. Wishlist here.

tattooedteacher teaches 3rd Grade in Georgia.  Wishlist here.

iamstillrunning teaches 3rd Grade in Wisconsin.  Wishlist here.

Missteachergirl teaches K-1 Learning Support. Wishlist here.  

RepandRev teaches 2nd Grade in Tacoma, Washington. Wishlist here

Science

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Emily is a Human teaches U.S. History in Detroit, MI.  Wishlist here.

Thoughts by Audge teaches World Geography and Kansas History in Kansas. Wishlist here

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Grayer teaches General Ed. 6th Grade in New York.  Wishlist here.

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Teachiness teaches English, Drama, and Forensics in Kansas.  Wishlist here

Pablophonic- Built Brick by Brick teaches 5th Grade STEM in South Carolina.  Wishlist here.

I’ve realized I don’t actually believe it’s possible to “teach” someone a language.

You can provide resources, but the student needs to use them.

You can answer questions, but the student needs to ask them first.

You can point at a word and say “This means that.” And then the same again for the next word. And then again, and again, and again. But a dictionary can do this too.

You can give a long awkward explanation of all the grammatical exceptions to the rules, but you’ll probably leave them even more confused than when they started.

What you can do is inspire them, give them passion – the longest-lasting and most useful gift you can give someone who wants to learn a language. If you ignite the flame of excitement within them to pursue the language on their own, they will continue to learn for the rest of their lives, even without you.

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